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DADT’s Funeral March

More and more military figures are coming out to support the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The latest is General Colin Powell in a admirable reversal of his former position.

“In the almost 17 years since the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ legislation was passed, attitudes and circumstances have changed,” General Powell said in a statement issued by his office. He added: “I fully support the new approach presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week by Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen.”

The only justification against repeal is the accommodation of bigotry. Apparently, I along with the growing number supporters have more confidence in the professionalism of the vast majority of our armed forces than opponents of this repeal.
  1. February 4, 2010 at 12:43 am

    While I support repealing the program, I'm not sure if I share your confidence in the Armed Forces. It's not so much that I question the professionalism of the military- I just can't help but note that an individual soldier's behavior away from the battlefield may be dictated more by his or her own personal beliefs. Given this, I question whether an openly gay soldier would find the barracks a consistently safe place.

  2. February 4, 2010 at 1:29 am

    I certainly understand your point but other than some verbal harassment (which I'm sure all soldiers go through to some degree) I don't think gays would face much danger. The military is a very structured place and as long as those in authority remain professional I don't think there would be a problem. You'll be happy to know that according to wikipedia, the Israeli Defense Forces have allowed gay service members since 1993 and they seem to have a well functioning military. Also, although I don't know much of the history of it, I'm sure when blacks were fully integrated into our armed forces it wasn't the easiest transition due to strong bigotry, yet the policy was still morally right. Furthermore, intolerance against homosexuals, I'd guess, is less extreme today than it was against blacks during the late '40s, early '50s.

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